Perignon boosts Ryan’s hopes

December 28, 2014 14:38:30 UK

Perignon raced into Magic Millions Classic contention with her powerful Canterbury win on Saturday, to strengthen the hand of trainer Gerald Ryan even further.

Ryan’s Magic Millions brigade is growing by the day, and promising filly Perignon is leading the stable’s attack on the glamour Gold Coast carnival.

Perignon will join Wyong Magic Millions winner Aerobar and talented sprinter Dothraki ($400,000 MM Cup) as Ryan’s big-race hopes, while Brazen Moss could also be added to that list.

Brazen Moss will attempt to break his maiden at Royal Randwick on Thursday, and if he goes well then Ryan will be left with a tough dilemma over where to head next.

“Brazen Moss has been placed in six of his eight starts,” Ryan said, “Although he hasn’t won a race yet, he is fifth favourite for a $1 million race (MM Guineas).

“This tells me there is not a lot of depth to the Guineas and he could go up for either that race or the (MM) Maiden if he runs well on Thursday.”

Meanwhile, Ryan said Perignon had come through Saturday’s race in very good order, her win securing a Magic Millions start.

“She doesn’t have brilliant gate speed so she has got back in her first two starts,” Ryan added.

“But Brenton (Avdulla) told me he felt the filly could have settled about fifth or sixth in her Canterbury race if she had drawn better, so the barrier draw for the Magic Millions will be crucial.”

Perignon isĀ 9.00 to win the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, with Wicked IntentĀ 4.50 and Pepperano 15.00.

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